Most back new policy changes

Most back new policy changes
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivering his 10th National Day Rally speech at the Institute of Technical Education's (ITE) new Ang Mo Kio campus on 18 August 2013.

SINGAPORE - More than 80 per cent of the respondents in a Reach poll felt that most of the announcements made at this year's National Day Rally boosted their confidence in Singapore's future.

They also believed that together, Singaporeans will be able to deal with the challenges ahead, the government feedback unit said on Tuesday.

The telephone poll from Aug 20 to 29 covered 853 randomly selected respondents aged 20 and above, who had heard or read Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's speech at the rally.

Policy shifts on healthcare, housing and education were widely welcomed. Large majorities agreed that the new measures will ensure that healthcare and housing remain affordable, and that children can develop to their maximum potential.

The introduction of MediShield Life, which will cover all Singaporeans, including those with preexisting conditions, was supported by 86 per cent.

The removal of the age limit for the Community Health Assist Scheme did better, with 90 per cent supporting the measure.

On housing, 84 per cent supported the move to keep the prices of Build-To-Order flats stable to ensure that public housing is more affordable for first time home buyers.

And almost 60 per cent supported the move to change the current PSLE grading system to one that is more similar to that of the O and A levels.


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